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mites on mason bee

mites on mason bee
Fort Missoula, Missoula County, Montana, USA
April 26, 2010
Are these Varroa mites on this mason bee? How do they affect the bee?

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Moved from ID Request.

Check this website for info:
http://insects.ummz.lsa.umich.edu/beemites/

Not Varroa
They are not the same varroa that affect honey bees those are red in color and significantly larger. The nest chambers of mason bees are sometimes infested with pollen mites I don't know if these are the same species.

 
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